"Tackling substance misuse is a priority for the
"Following a detailed and comprehensive period of pre-consultation with our partners, including service users, the plan sets out a number of priority areas which we are committed to delivering upon over the next 3 years. The views gathered as part of this exercise, together with the evaluation of the
"The plan highlights that responding to co-occurring mental health problems which are common in substance misuse will be an important area on which to focus along with ensuring stronger partnership working with housing and homelessness services to further support those with substance misuse issues who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.
"Support for Prisoners is another area where we recognise further work is needed, with our aim being that all prisons in
"I also recognise the need to tackle dependence on prescription only medicines (POM) and over the counter medicines (OTC) and we will, of course, need to ensure that appropriate and responsive alcohol misuse services are in place before the Public Health (Minimum Price for Alcohol) (
"This plan builds on the good progress made during the lifetime of the previous
"A lot has been achieved against a challenging backdrop of tight resources and the ever changing nature of substance misuse but the delivery plan reflects the fact that more needs to be done particularly if we are to reduce both drug and alcohol deaths. I am therefore fully committed to continuing to support this agenda and our overall aim in this plan continues to be to ensure that people in
"Tackling the causes and effects of substance misuse requires commitment from across government and our partners delivering frontline services to ensure we reach and support everyone who is in need so that they get the right level of support, at the right time and in the right place. This is a challenging and complex agenda and this plan demonstrates that we will continue to work closely with partners at a national and local level to ensure we are taking a preventative, integrated and long-term approach to improve outcomes for individuals and families across
"I look forward to considering the responses to the consultation."
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